A-Leagues in investment talks with Silver Lake

The A-Leagues are set to receive a "game-changing payday" by selling a stake of the competition to a American private equity firm Silver Lake for A$130M ($97.4M), in what will be the "biggest single injection of cash" into Australian club soccer. The Australian Professional Leagues, the new owners and operators of the A-League Men and A-League Women, are in "the advanced stages of talks to sell a significant stake of the competitions" to U.S.-based firm Silver Lake. While a deal is yet to be finalized, several sources "suggest an in-principle agreement has been reached" to sell a stake of about 30% of the competitions for a fee understood to be about $130M, valuing the A-Leagues at more than $430M ($322M). Such a deal, which would "need federal government regulatory approval," would "give the once financially strapped competition a massive cash reserve" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 10/24).

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